This page is all about walking, but not everyone is able to enjoy marching over hill and dale. Now a Westcountry charity has been set up to help people to adventure and explore the great outdoors, regardless of how far they can walk.
The Countryside Mobility scheme, run by the charity Living Options Devon, is helping to "make the South West a more accessible environment for everyone" with the help of all- terrain mobility scooters called Trampers.
The amazing machines – which can go up and down slopes, over bumps and tree roots, through shallow puddles, mud and soft ground – are now available at more than 30 countryside locations across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset, with more to follow.
The Trampers are for use by anyone aged 14 or over who has a permanent or temporary condition that affects their ability to walk – and, with a top speed of 4mph, they can keep pace with the briskest hiking companion.
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James Maben, from Countryside Mobility, told the Western Morning News: "You do not have to be registered as a disabled person, or have a Blue Badge.
"Many people have found that Trampers have given them back their freedom, enabling them to enjoy time outdoors alone, with their partner or on a family outing."
To use the Trampers, people simply choose their site and arrange their first visit. On arrival, they join as members of Countryside Mobility, which costs £10 per year or £2.50 for four weeks. Training is provided on how to use a Tramper, lasting approximately 15 minutes. They are then given a membership card, which enables them to use a Tramper at any partner site without the need for further training.
The scheme has been supported with a grant from Natural England as part of its Access to Nature programme, funded from the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme.
Full details about Countryside Mobility and a list of where Trampers are available can be found on the website countrysidemobility.org or by calling 01392 459222.